The state races in District 5 are going strong as candidate Bert Johnson is pulling away from the pack.
I have not heard anything from La Shon Scott.
Korey Hall is running on his far left wing NAACP platform. In other words he hs no platform of his own. Speaking of Mr. Hall he was on the liberal transition team for DPS last year.
He supported the following resolutions on charter schools:
There is no demonstrable evidence that students in charter schools are receiving the high quality education that the sponsors of charters claimed they would receive.
Despite the claims in the bills authorizing the creation of Charter Schools in 1994, there is no evidence that they are more effective, provide a higher quality education, or that they have forced public schools to improve.
When measured by test scores, student achievement varies from charter to charter, but most are significantly below DPS, and only a few score significantly higher than DPS.
Apparantly, Mr. Hall and his crew are stretching the facts as usual to cover their asses.
The truth that Mr. Hall are hiding are the following:
53 schools -- 24 percent of all charters -- exceeded the state average on 10 or more tests. These schools are located in more than three dozen communities.
In a comparison developed by the Michigan Department of Education, charter schools exceeded a control group of 18 "host districts" on 19 of 27 tests. Charters tied the host districts on three others.
Charters in the city of Detroit topped the local district on 20 of 27 tests. Notably, charter students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades are ahead of their peers in all subjects.
Further, more than half of the 39 elementary/middle school charters in Detroit exceeded the state average on at least one test, with five schools beating the state average on 10 or more. In contrast, the local district fell lower than the state average by 19-37 percentage points on 21 of 27 tests.
Mr. Hall other excuses with his fellow NAACP crew:
The rise of charters has been one of the primary reasons driving down the enrollment in the Detroit Public Schools. Detroit residents make up a high percentage of the total number of students in charter schools across the State.
Charter schools have drained DPS of significant resources that could have been used to improve educational opportunities within the system. Approximately 36,000 students, who live in Detroit, attend charter schools in the city limits of Detroit or the first ring suburbs. This equates to approximately $250 million dollars in lost revenue.
But the statistics show otherwise as over 60% of parents want educational choice (not Detroit Public School choice). In fact, charter school enrollment in Michigan is up 13 percent this year, to more than 92,000 students, according to the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. Detroit charters experienced an even bigger gain, 22 percent, with more than 6,500 children on waiting lists to get into charter schools. Furthermore, a poll showed 60 percent of Detroit parents feel there are not enough educational choices in the city for their families, and more than half of them have considered moving out of the city to access options. Many who want to move cannot, so charters are their answer.
Mr. Hall fails to explain the following:
Violence continues to plague Detroit Public Schools, with more than 30 incidents of shootings, stabbings and robberies since classes began last August. Among the more serious crimes occurring on or near school grounds were the shooting of a janitor during an armed robbery and the alleged stabbing of two students by the mother of another student. Teachers have also been robbed inside schools. The district said it would spend $600,000 to pay laid-off city police officers to work in the schools, and a group of ministers is trying to recruit 2,000 volunteers to beef up the district’s security force.
800 employees force to be laid off.
What about this reckless act:
More than 1,700 Detroit Public School teachers called in sick in late March, forcing the district to close more than 50 schools for the day and deny instruction to more than 36,000 children. The teachers were upset over a contract provision they approved, calling for them to loan five days of pay this semester to the district.
And finally he fails to give an explaination of this:
Michigan had the largest achievement gap in the nation in 2004 among fourth grade students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test. Only 8 percent of black students taking the test were proficient in reading, compared with 39 percent of white students.
If you vote for Korey Hall you will be voting for the NAACP and their position on educational choice. What is the position on educational choice? I will let them say it for themselves:
The NAACP, which viewed charter school legislation as segregationist and likely to hurt the education offered to poor minorities in Virginia, supplied the most outspoken opposition to the charter school plans from 1994 until after the 1997 elections, when it dropped its opposition to Hamilton's modified, compromise legislation. Salim Khalfani, activities coordinator for the Virginia NAACP, saw charter schools as a covert attempt "to use public school money to create private entities that will benefit an elite group of people.
One set of arguments against charter schools focus on elitism and segregation. The concern that charter schools will segregate along racial and economic lines and lines of academic ability echoes throughout the states of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Illinois, Vermont, Connecticut, and Louisiana. Opponents think traditional public schools will become the dumping ground for those students that are more difficult to educate, and that certain minority and economic classes would be left out of the benefits that charter schools claim to provide. The people having these concerns vary. For example, many politicians in Florida think that charter schools will lead to resegregation of public schools. This fear is shared by The Virginia Conference of the NAACP, and has been expressed in Texas as well as South Carolina. Citizens in Illinois think that charter schools will selectively choose students. Some politicians in Florida think that charter schools will set up a system for the affluent.
The Ohio National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has announced it's opposition to the formation of charter schools.
From Seattle, Washington:
The Seattle branch of the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, announced its endorsement of the campaign to reject charter schools and Reject Referendum. The NAACP is the Nation‘s oldest, largest and most respected civil rights organization, which works to ensure political, educational, social and economic equality for people of color.
From Detroit, Michigan
Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants her Detroit Public Schools transition team to reject recommendations that the state ban charter schools and that the district sue the state for more school funding. Granholm got word of the proposals and sent a letter to the leader of the transition team, the Rev. Wendell Anthony, late last week, urging the team to spurn those ideas.
On the charter ban, she wrote: "This recommendation suggests that the only way to bring students back to the DPS is to eliminate educational options that parents and children have today. ... The Transition Team instead should remain focused on finding ways to improve the Detroit Public Schools to give parents more, not fewer, opportunities to choose good schools for their children."
This is the same transition team that Korey Hall sat on..to ban charter schools.
If you send Korey Hall to Lansing you might as well send your children to jail!!!!!!!